City suits rejoice, as the sweltering temperatures of the City can be beaten with some alfresco dining. Despite its crowded corners and fast-paced feel, there are a number of hidden terraces for peckish post-work diners to enjoy and relax in. Take advantage of the gorgeous summer weather, as we’ve rounded up some of the best alfresco restaurants in the City.
What: From the moment you arrive for drinks on the gorgeous roof terrace, it’s clear that Michelin-starred Angler knows how to host its diners. Given that it’s located on the seventh floor of the South Place Hotel, great views of neighbouring skyscrapers are standard. While there, nibble on the likes of slow roast spring lamb, Cornish John Dory, or opt for a lighter snack from Angler’s tasting menu, such as Cornish mackerel tartare, wild salmon with broad beans, peas and crab, or roast octopus.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
What: Aptly located in an old spice warehouse, this City offshoot of Vivek Singh’s ever-expanding Cinnamon group is a style-conscious contemporary space tailor-made for the neighbourhood it calls home. Take a seat on the restaurant’s raised terrace before tucking into aubergine with sesame, tamarind and peanut crumble to start, before moving on to tandoori chicken breast as your main, and a spiced pistachio cake with peanut ice cream for dessert.
Where: 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL
What: Coq d’Argent’s status as a favourite in business diaries is down to a considerable clutch of attractions, among them being the restaurant’s gorgeous roof gardens. Wherever you choose to sit, expect to dine on tasty French dishes such as escargots de Bourgogne or souris d’agneau (lavender and honey lamb shank), before sipping on a glass of Moët or a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Alternatively, opt for a sweet house cocktail, such as the Blossom City with gin and sparkling wine.
Where: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
The Ivy City Garden
What: This Richard Caring site is the second to possess the ‘Garden’ moniker after The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Located right by Liverpool Street station in the serene Bishopsgate Gardens, the space incorporates a restaurant, bar, private dining room and namesake garden for an alfresco meal. Its menu, however, stays true to the Ivy brand with a range of options, featuring the likes of fish & chips, a lobster and watermelon salad, or chicken Milanese.
Where: Dashwood House, 69 Old Broad Street, EC2M 1NA
José Pizarro Broadgate
What: Alongside the Bermondsey original, José Pizarro’s City outlet is part of Broadgate Circle’s slew of on-trend restaurants. Reap the benefits of the restaurant’s distinctly warm and relaxed vibe while dining out on its laid-back terrace, as the menu strikes the perfect balance of classic tapas and contemporary ideas. Enjoy familiar nibbles such as croquetas and a tortilla de patata, or a more exciting dish of Hake de la plancha, with courgette salad and dried cherry tomatoes.
Where: 36 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 1QS
What: Crowned by a gorgeous terrace with a panorama of London’s modern-day developments – think Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge – Northbank boasts a menu that mixes modern dishes with its Cornish connections. The dinner menu isn’t served on the terrace, so City latecomers keen to soak up its gorgeous outdoor views should opt for bar bites such as a shepherd’s pie or smoked ham hock and black pudding croquettes.
Where: 1 Paul’s Walk, EC4V 3QH
What: From the moment the lightning-quick glass elevator whisks you up to the 38th floor of Heron Tower, you know you’re in for a treat. While taking in the sweeping views of the capital from Sushisamba’s terrace, guests can enjoy a selection of aperitivos, from edamame to plantain chips, before diving into heavier dishes of corazon de pollo (chicken heart), Kobe beef churrasco or sea bass tempura.
Where: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate (38-39th floor), EC2N 4AY
What: Despite being an Italian trattoria, the setting of Taberna Etrusca couldn’t be more Cockney, as its lovely, greenery draped courtyard is almost beneath the Bow Bells. While their ringing acts as the soundtrack for your dinner, enjoy a selection of savoury Italian dishes, as the menu boasts items such as grilled tuna steak with Amalfi lemon sauce, homemade cannelloni filled with buffalo ricotta and spinach, and linguine with clams and chilli.
Where: 9-11 Bow Churchyard, EC4M 9DQ
What: As one of the standouts of Broadgate Circle’s foodie hub, this deceptively large offshoot of its Soho sister makes an immediate impact with its sweeping curved glass wall and terrace that hugs the contours of the building. The menu here follows the same suit as the central London original, featuring steamed dim sum bites such as the scallop shui mai or the pork and prawn shui mai, alongside larger dishes such as jasmine tea smoked ribs and pork and preserved egg congee.
Where: Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS